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| 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
171 lb (78 kg)
|Teams|| NHL |
|Born|| January 7 1968,|
Toronto, ON, CAN
|NHL Draft|| 131st overall, 1988|
New York Rangers
|Pro Career||1990 – 2004|
Michael Anthony Rosati (born January 7, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired Canadian-born Italian professional ice hockey player. Rosati became the first player to play in a game in the NHL after earning an Italian passport and playing for Italy.
Early years Edit
Mike Rosati started his career by playing in the Ontario Hockey League and was soon drafted by the New York Rangers in 1988 NHL Entry Draft (#131 pick). Rosati was initially placed in the ECHL, but after a disappointing season, decided to play in Italy. Rosati would find much more success in Italy, and played for the Hockey Club Bolzano-Bozen. In the 90's Rosati would lead Bolzano to two Italian Hockey Championships, and would earn himself the place of goaltender for the Italian national hockey team, who would go on to compete in the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics.
The 1990s and the NHL Experience Edit
By the second half of the 90s the Italian hockey movement had gone through a difficult period, and Rosati moved to Germany. It was here that Rosati played for Adler Mannheim of the DEL. In 1998, after two seasons of consistent play with Adler Mannheim, Rosati signed with the Washington Capitals. Rosati was the third goaltender of the team, behind Olaf Kolzig and Craig Billington. After the shift to the Portland Pirates farm team, it seemed that Rosati's chances to play in the NHL were fading away, and that he was destined to spend his career in the minor leagues, but the injury of the Craig Billington put him directly on the bench. On November 7, 1998 the incumbent Capitals goalie, Olaf Kölzig, suffered an injury and Rosati made his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators in a match won by the Capitals 8–5. Rosati played 28 minutes and didn't allow a goal. His NHL saves total stands at 12. He finished the season with the Manitoba Moose of the IHL. Despite a less than stellar stint with the Moose, Rosati decided to come back to Mannheim where he played four more seasons.